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Bellator 121 Results


eric-prindle-vs-james-thompsonBellator returned with the "Summer Series" on the Spike television network.  The live event took place at the Windstar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma.  The card held several intriguing matchups and here are the results:
Light heavyweight tournament contestants Egidijus Valavicius (26-10), from Lithuania, took on Brazilian Carlos "Big Dog" Eduardo (11-3) in a three round bout.  It started off as a standup match but Eduardo, a Jiu Jujitsu black belt, took the Lithuanian down to the mat.  Eduardo kept the pressure on and managed a back mount while Valavicius defended well.  Eduardo managed to transition to a full mount with ease and was in control of the round.  Valavicius was able to turn things around and landed some ground-and-pound but the success was limited.  The second round began with both men landing punches; right hands were landing for each man.  The Lithuanian employed a stiff jab that created space and kept him safe from takedowns.  The second was mostly fought vertically and the Lithuanian had solid success with his striking.  An accidental clash caused a bad cut over the right eye of Valavicius.  The final stanza saw the Brazilian landing hard crosses and hooks early.  Initially, the Lithuanian seemed hesitant, but upped his aggression with about two minutes left, landing hard knees to the body and punches to the head.  Valavicius closed strong and secured a split decision.     
The light heavyweight tournament continued when American Terry Davinney (10-6) met Cameroonian Sokoud Jou (14-12) in the three round contest.  Jou came out putting serious pressure and was able to control Davinney early.  The Cameroon-born combatant managed a side mount and began to land horrific ground-and-pound shots.  Jou managed a full mount and continued to land hard punches, allowing Jou a rear naked choke that caused the American to tap out in the first round.
Heavyweights Eric "The American Soldier" Prindle (10-5) and James "The Colossus" Thompson (19-14) met in a three round scrap. Thompson aggressively secured a takedown quick in the opening round and managed a side mount.  "The Colossus" landed hard shots and knee strikes which left Prindle defenseless.  The referee quickly stepped in and stopped the bout as the American was not fighting back.
A swing bout at the catch weight of 140 pounds showcased Steve Garcia (3-0) and Cody Walker in a three round battle.  Walker and Garcia immediately engaged in a fistic war with Walker getting the better of the exchanges.  Garcia was in trouble early but he managed to weather the storm and landed a clean left hook, putting Walker to sleep which caused him to drop to the floor.  Garcia proceeded with a ground-and-pound which led the referee to stop the bout immediately.            
The main event featured light heavyweights when American Austen Heidlage (6-1) faced Brazilian Philipe Lins (8-0) in a match set for three heats.  Both men came out swinging bombs but Lins was able to secure a hard takedown.  Lins secured a body triangle while Heidlage came to his feet.  Lins continued the body triage.  Lins secured a choke and managed to get Heidlage to tap.  It was a great victory for the Brazilian on his second fight under the Bellator brand.   

Sergio L. Martinez

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